Published on March 14th, 2013 | by Michael Mwai2
GM launches the 6th generation Isuzu D-MAX in South Africa
Great news for all pick up aficionados! The all new Isuzu D-Max has been launched in Hoedspruit, South Africa for the Sub-Saharan market. Significantly bolder and more luxurious than the outgoing model, the pick-up promises to put up a fight against the competition to secure its market share in Kenya.
It comes in a choice of 3 engines. The base model single cabin version is powered by a 2.5-litre low-pressure turbo-diesel, with 58kW and 170Nm on tap. It may sound slightly underpowered but Isuzu claims that it is built for durability since it is a low stress engine. The double cabins are served with two engine options; a 85kW/280Nm 2.5-litre and a revised 3.0L D-TEQ engine that churns 130kW and 380Nm, up from 120kW and 360Nm. Isuzu claims a best-in-class fuel consumption figure of 7.7 litres per 100km for the 2.5 and 3-litre engines.
The new single cabin D-Max boasts a significantly larger load box than most competitors. Unfortunately, the basic D-Max comes with no frills. It has a split bench seat covered in PVC upholstery and airbags, but no ABS. For the LE double cabin model, Isuzu have fitted the pick-up with remote central locking, electric windows and mirrors, a CD/MP3/USB/Aux sound system, bluetooth connectivity, an alarm, side steps, a height-adjustable driver’s seat and cloth-covered bucket seats in the front.
For those who desire two work and play with their double cabin pick ups, the avant-garde LX model offers many more goodies. These include; automatic climate control, a six-way electronically adjustable driver’s seat, a leather-covered multifunction steering wheel, cruise control, multi-information system as well as side and curtain airbags. On the outside it’s been garnished with a chrome grille and side mirrors. The D-Max in this spec sits on 17-inch alloys .